Thursday, November 2nd, 2023!
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a competition for graduate students to develop and showcase their research communication skills. 3MT® challenges students to present a compelling oration on their dissertation and its significance in just three minutes and with one slide, in language appropriate for an educated, non-specialist audience. 3MT competitions are held in over 85 countries by more than 900 universities.
The Finale will be from 5-6pm in Carver Room 204B in the Havener Center and on Zoom: https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/99308725604
Not sure what this is all about? If you are interested in participating but what to learn more, join us for a brief informational session. We will explain how the competition works and the obligations of a participant. These sessions are optional.
Complete the registration form by October 4th.
Learn about the details of 3MT, what is required to participate, and how we can help. Also, learn how to organize your work so that it can help you at 3MT plus to network, present at conferences, and sell your ideas. You must attend this workshop in order to compete, so we are offering it at 3 different times.
Active graduate students at Missouri S&T are eligible to compete. (Those who have successfully defended and those who have graduated are not eligible.)
You MUST be available for the final round (Thursday, November 2nd @ 5pm).
Official 3MT® Rules*
*Missouri S&T’s 3MT® competition is open to domestic and international graduate students. The presentation must be made in English.
Preliminary Rounds (Wednesday, October 18, 2023)
Semi-Final Round (Tuesday, October 24, 2023)
Final Round (Thursday, November 2, 2023)
Official 3MT® Judging Criteria
Two criterion are used at every level of the competition. Please be aware that each of these criterion are equally weighted.
Criterion 1: Comprehension & Content
Criterion 2: Engagement & Communication
Who can be a Judge?
To provide each student with a similar experience, we have selected judges from community and campus leaders including business owners, local elected officials, campus administrators, and more. The judges varying in age, gender, profession and discipline.
Missouri S&T 3MT® Prizes
First Place will receive a plaque and will become eligible to represent Missouri S&T at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) annual conference in April 2024. Travel expenses will be paid for by the University. If selected as a finalist at MAGS, travel expenses will be paid for by the University to national level competition at the Council of Graduate Schools in December 2024.
Runner-up will receive a plaque.
People's Choice will receive a plaque.
How to Enter the Missouri S&T 3MT® Competition
What does it take to win 3MT®?
First, understand that the Missouri S&T 3MT® presentation will be scored by the judges on two criterion, comprehension/content, and engagement/communication.
Strategy: Explain the judging criterion to your family and friends when you practice. Ask them to rate your presentation.
Second, in a 3MT® competition, what you say matters, but how you deliver your message will be the key to winning.
Strategy: Critique presentations designed for public viewing. Some winning 3MT® presentations can be found here. What successful characteristics stand out to you about these presentations?
How did the speaker make the research both meaningful and memorable for the audience?
3MT® Orientation and Prepping your Research Workshop:
Practice sessions time slots will be available between October 9-12th. Sign-up sheets for practice sessions will be sent out after attendance at the Orientation session.
To reserve a time before or after these times, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public is invited to attend the finale.
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia. The exercise challenges graduate student candidates to present a compelling oration on their thesis (dissertation) topic and its significance in just three minutes.
3MT® develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
The first 3MT® was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 RHD students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT® competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multi-national event was developed, and the Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT® competition was held at UQ in 2010.
Since 2011 the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT® competitions are now held in over 170 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide.
In November 2013, the first Universities 21 (U21) 3MT® competition was held with several universities from around the world competing in a virtual competition.
The Council of Graduate Schools is encouraging US institutions to host 3MT® competitions. Several SEC universities, including Missouri S&T, sponsor 3MT® events.
Deadline is October 4, 2023